Netflix and Mark Millar have announced their latest comic book project: "Space Bandits," a female-led sci-fi story, which will receive a special, limited-edition cover treatment by comics legend Howard Chaykin.
The first will be illustrated by Chaykin and will retail for the same price comics cost when Millar was in high school — 75 cents. In addition, available to order at the same time will be a limited-edition series of "Space Bandits Legends Covers," featuring Millar’s all-time favorite comic-book artists.
A detail of Chaykin's limited-edition cover for "Space Bandits" is pictured above. Below are the full covers illustrated by Matteo Scalera (left) and Howard Chaykin (right).” />
The comic also will be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. The final order cutoff deadline is June 10. "Space Bandits #1" will be available in stores on Wednesday, July 3, priced at $3.99.
Millarworld’s titles include “Kick-Ass, “Kingsman,” “Wanted,” “Reborn,” “Empress,” and “Jupiter’s Legacy.” Netflix acquired Millarworld, run by Mark and Lucy Millar, in August 2017. In addition to continuing to publish comics from Millarworld, Netflix plans develop films, TV shows and kids’ series based on its portfolio of character and comic book franchises.
"In a world with a billion superhero properties and gloomy, rain-soaked dystopian sci-fi, there's a gap in the market for sci-fi that's upbeat and fun," Mark Millar commented. "I wanted to combine all this into a big, high-octane story."
Millar described "Space Bandits" as "a female 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' set in space with a massive and exciting cast of characters." Artist Matteo Scalera will illustrate the comic-book translation of the original Netflix property and it will be published by Image Comics.
Other projects include "Sharkey the Bounty Hunter” by Millar with artist Simone Bianchi and "Prodigy," a comic adaptation with artist Rafael Albuquerque of Netflix's original movie about a girl with dangerous supernatural powers. The first comic created by Millar under Netflix's ownership was "The Magic Order,” first published last year, a six-edition comic written by Millar and illustrated by Marvel’s Olivier Coipel (“Thor,” “The Avengers”).
"The guy's a genius and I've followed him for years. According to Millar, he has been working on "Space Bandits" as a property for Netflix since last summer "and now I'm being joined by the brilliant Matteo Scalera for the comic-book translation of this story," he said. He's just amazing." Having him draw this is like someone you've always had a crush on going out on a date with you.
But when both women are betrayed by their treacherous crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: revenge. In "Space Bandits," Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most-wanted felons. They each run their own criminal operations, running heists across the galaxies — hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside.
Netflix and Millar are developing TV series based on "Jupiter's Legacy" and "American Jesus," along with movie adaptations of "Empress," "Sharkey the Bounty Hunter" and "Huck."